By DOUG GORMAN
East Coweta senior Kelley Lynch pitched and hit the Lady Indians to the championship round of the Region 2 7A tournament with an 8-0 victory over rival Newnan on Wednesday.
The Lady Indians waited on the winner of the Newnan-Campbell game Thursday evening at 6:30. Results of the Thursday’s championship weren’t available by presstime.
The winner of the the Newnan-Campbell game needed two wins against the Lady Indians to clinch the region championship.
Newnan and Campbell were meeting for the second time in the tournament.
The two teams opened the event on Tuesday with Newnan rolling to a 12-1 victory sending Campbell to the losers’ bracket.
Campbell rolled past Westlake 12-3 to knock the Lady Lions out of the tournament. Westlake will head to next week’s state tournament as the No. 4 seed out of Region 2 7A.
Westlake started the event losing to East Coweta 16-0.
Lynch gave the Lady Indians a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when she belted a two-run homer. Fellow senior Carmen Prior scored a head of her after drawing a one-out walk.
Lynch didn’t have a chance to hit the ball over the fence again after Newnan elected to intentionally walk Georgia’s current Gatorade Player of the Year three straight times.
Lynch gave up just one hit in the contest and finished with 14 strikeouts.
After Lynch’s two-run homer, Newnan kept the game close until the bottom of the sixth as the Lady Indians scored six times, ending the contest by the mercy rule.
Newnan’s Ansley Houston turned in a strong effort from the pitching circle, striking out two and pitching around trouble in the second, third and fifth.
The Lady Indians stranded five runners on board including at third base in all three of those innings.
Newnan also benefited from the play of shortstop Kaylen Madrey who turned in several defensive gems to keep East Coweta base runners from reaching or scoring.
Hailey Bloom connected on a one-out single in the top of the first for the Lady Cougars’ only base hit.
Lynch struckout the side in the first, second, and fourth.
After Bloom singled, Houston reached on Lynch’s only walk of the game, but the rally didn’t last long.
Lynch battled back and struckout the next two batters to ended the Lady Cougars’ biggest threat of the game.
East Coweta’s six-run explosion in the fifth inning began with Lily Agan’s triple.
Agan batted twice in the ining and finished with three hits and two RBIs.
Ashley Griffin also drove in two runs. Katie Taylor and Olivia Cook also drove in runs.